ra·​cial·​ize | \ ˈrā-shə-ˌlīz How to pronounce racialize (audio) \
racialized; racializing; racializes

Definition of racialize

transitive verb

: to give a racial character to : to categorize, marginalize , or regard according to race (see race entry 1 sense 1a) Just as racist power racializes people, racist power racializes space. The ghetto, The inner city. The third world.— Ibram X. Kendi Racializing poverty helps to distract from the systemic factors at the foundation of both racial and economic inequality.— Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Other Words from racialize

racialized adjective
a racialized society racialized groups In America, racialized women make up some 40 percent of all missing people, but receive only 20 percent of the coverage. — Rawiya Kameir

Examples of racialize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pohl also resisted calls to racialize the plague, even while other local medical experts persisted in drawing a connection between ethnicity and the disease. Bess Lovejoy, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Mar. 2020 Too often Republicans racialize poverty, Democrats run away from poverty. al, 29 Feb. 2020 That, coupled with high levels of non-white immigration and a decline in the percentage of whites overall in America, has helped to racialize the Patriot movement, which in the past was not primarily motivated by race hate. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of racialize

1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for racialize

racial + -ize

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“Racialize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/racialize. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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